Unforgettable Three Months at ENoK

(The following message is the third and last of the series from three North Korean defectors that spent the early months of 2020 at ENoK. Their words were originally in Korean and have been translated into English by ENoK staff.) I want to cherish each day I spent at ENoK where I first started to […]

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Message from Angela

(The following message is the second of the series from three North Korean defectors that spent the early months of 2020 at ENoK. Their words were originally in Korean and have been translated into English by ENoK staff.) When I was leaving for Chicago to join ENoK, the circumstances were not good. I lacked rudimentary […]

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Message from Joy

(The following series are from the three North Korean defectors that joined us during the winter and spring of 2020 from South Korea. Their words were originally in Korean and have been translated into English by ENoK staff.) I began studying English with the hope of helping more people understand North Korea. At first, I […]

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EMPOWER HOUSE GRADUATE WEDS A FORMER VOLUNTEER!

(The message below was written by a former ENoK volunteer about his marriage to a former NK refugee student at Empower House.) It still feels a bit surreal that I am a married man. It’s already been ten months! My wife and I began dating early last year, but the journey to our wedding happened […]

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Greetings from Hailey!

(Hailey (alias) was a North Korean refugee resident at Empower House until this past spring. In the summer, she left to start college in another state. ENoK has continued to work with her remotely by providing scholarship support as well as academic support for her schoolwork. We are very proud of her accomplishment (straight As) […]

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Empower House Student Graduates from High School and Begins College!

Hi, my name is Rachel (Alias). I still cannot believe that I finally graduated from four years of high school. I must thank many people for their care and support. I came to the US as a minor with no biological family around. Yet there were many people who helped since I first arrived here. […]

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Interview with a New North Korean Refugee Joining Empower House (SK)

Q. What is your goal in joining Empower House? A. I would like to pass the GED (U.S. high school diploma equivalency exam) Q. What made you decide to join Empower House? A. As I lived in America, many people asked me whether I graduated from high school. Q. What would you like to do […]

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Interview with a New North Korean Refugee Joining Empower House (HK)

Q. What would you like to achieve by joining our program? A. I hope to learn English and other subjects through a good systematic program. Q. Why made you decide to join Empower House? A. Other North Korean refugees that previously took part in Empower House recommended the program to me for its customized programming […]

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Our Newest North Korean American!! on receiving her citizenship

Everyone has their homeland and becomes a citizen of the country when they are old enough. I also have my homeland where I was born, but I do not have the citizenship of my country because I fled from the land to China to have freedom.  I was 17 years old then. It was before […]

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Married Couple from Empower House!!

What better moments are there for us, ENoK, than to witness two North Korean refugees in our program begin a relationship during their stay at Empower House and finally get married after finishing our program!? Here are a few words from the bridegroom: It has been a long time since I updated about my life […]

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